Baptista Mantuanus: Opera.

Cologne:  Apud praedicatores [Cornelis de Zierikzee], 1500.
4to.   Part I:  a6 b4 A-B6 C4 D-G6 H4 I-K6.   [66] leaves.   Part II:  aa-bb6 cc4 dd-gg6.   [40] leaves.   Part III:  Aa-Dd6 Ee-Hh4.8 Ii6.   [54] leaves.   Part IV:  A-D6 E4 F-G6 H4.   [44] leaves.   Part V:  a-d6.4.   [20] leaves.
Woodcut tail-piece.
ISTC ib00051000;  Goff B51;  BMC I 308;  Bod-inc B-024;  GW 3243.

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll BC4-c.22 (see main library entry for this item)
Bound with: The first of four works bound together.  Bound with:  (2) Baptista Mantuanus, Parthenice secunda sive Catharinaria.  Deventer:  Richard Pafraet, 1502;  (3) Baptista Mantuanus, De morte Collae.  [Deventer:  Richardus Pafraet, after 24 Mar. 1500];  (4) Baptista Mantuanus, Bucolica seu adolescentia.  Strassburg:  Johann Prüss, 1504.
Variant: Part I, A1r, lines 2-3 conform to GW’s main transcription i.e “... parthe=||nice ...” with woodcut tail-piece beneath the third line, not as in GW Anm. “... parteni||ce ...” without (and also with) the tail-piece.
Provenance: Rederus (fl. 1504), of Ulm, possible owner:  inscription in red ink on A1r of second item in volume “Rederus(?) Vlme(?) anno d[omin]i 1504”.
Kaisheim, Bavaria, Cistercians, BVM; founded 1133, dissolved 1802: partially deleted inscription on A1r of Part I ‘[...] FF S Mariae In Kaysershaim’.
Frater Georgius Strobel (16th century):  inscription on A1r of Part I “Ad vsum fratris Georgij Strobel”.
Sir William Hamilton (1788-1856), Professor of Logic and Metaphysics, University of Edinburgh:  source unknown.
University of Glasgow:  Hamilton collection donation, 1878.
Binding: Germany, 16th-century quarter blind-tooled pigskin over partially bevelled wooden boards;  leather on front cover decorated with a broad fillet to form lozenge shapes and triangles and further decorated with three separate stamps - a roundel containing an eagle with halo (symbol of St John the Evangelist), a rectangular foliate stamp, and a pear-shaped stamp containing a crouching long-necked bird (a stork or swan?);  leather of rear cover decorated with a broad fillet to form triangles and with two separate stamps - an unidentified scroll and the same pear-shaped stamp as on the front board;  evidence of a single clasp (now lost);  traces of red-edging;  traces of manuscript title on fore-edge;  indistinct coat of arms in pen and ink on top edge of text block;  front pastedown is a vellum bifolium containing an unidentified manuscript text with frequent references to Vergil, 'Georgics', Book 3;  rear pastedown is a vellum leaf from a liturgical manuscript containing musical notation in staveless neumes with text beginning “Adiutor in oportunitatibus in tribulatione” (Psalms 9:10);  an inscription in Greek in a 16th-century hand using non-standard orthography “Ανδρον κιλιαδας εν ερεμο πενθεχορεσι” (ex inf. David Weston) has been added to the rear pastedown with the words “εδιλισ” “ιδωλον” and “idolum” written above it in the same hand, together with pen-trials of several Greek abbreviations and symbols;  label with number “2664” in ink attached to inner front board.   Size:  207 x 142 mm.
Leaf size: 199 x 138 mm.
Annotations: Occasional marginal annotations in red or in black ink in 16th-century hands;  signatures omitted by the printer are supplied in manuscript in an early hand.
Decoration: Initials supplied in red, often with marginal flourishes;  a few paragraph marks supplied in red;  a few capitals stroked in red;  some underlining of headings in red.
Imperfections: Very imperfect copy, consisting of Part I gatherings A-K (Parthenice prima sive Mariana) and Part III (De suorum temporum calamitatibus) only.

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